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Washington – Emerging Nations Plan Their Own World Bank, IMF

July 14, 2014 at 11:48 PM
Washington - Fed up with U.S. dominance of the global financial system, five emerging market powers this week will launch their own versions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —the so-called BRICS countries — are seeking "alternatives to the existing world order," said Harold Trinkunas, director of the Latin America...

Washington – German Suspect Was In Contact With State Dept Not U.S. Spies

July 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Washington - A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a U.S. State Department officer rather than American intelligence agencies, raising questions about whether any espionage occurred, U.S. officials familiar with the case told Reuters. The officials, who are knowledgeable about the details of the case, said the U.S. government believes the...

Washington – At Ramadan Dinner In White House Obama Says Attacks On Israel Inexcusable, Praises Egypt’s Cease-Fire Plan

July 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama praised Egypt's proposal Monday for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, telling Muslim-Americans that he's hopeful that the plan can restore calm in the wake of a deadly wave of violence. "We're going to continue to do everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire," Obama said at a White House dinner...

Fruitland Park, FL – 2 Police Officers Tied To KKK In Florida

July 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Fruitland Park, FL - Two police officers are no longer with the city department here after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan, an official said Monday. Deputy Chief David Borst resigned and Officer George Hunnewell was fired last week, City Manager Gary La Venia said. The link surfaced in a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement based on information from...

Los Angeles – YouTube Weighs Funding For Premium Content

July 14, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Los Angeles - YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a move that could bolster a three-year-old multimillion-dollar effort that has had mixed success so far. The talks underscore Google Inc's desire to complete YouTube's transition from a repository for grainy...

Washington – Sgt. Who Spent 5-Years As A Taliban Captive, Returned To Regular Army Duty

July 14, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Washington - The Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question the Idaho native about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity. In a brief statement Monday, the Army said Bergdahl has been assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base...

Washington – US Welcomes Egypt’s Cease-fire Plan For Israel

July 14, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Washington - The United States is welcoming a cease-fire plan proposed by Egypt to end heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says the U.S. hopes the plan will lead to calm being restored as soon as possible. She says escalation won't benefit Israelis or Palestinians. Meehan says the U.S. will work to promote a return...

Staten Island, NY – Police Investigating Hate Crime Against Orthodox Jewish Man

July 14, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Staten Island, NY – A Hasidic Jewish man says he was the target of an attack Sunday morning in Eltingville that police are now investigating as a hate crime. SILive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1kp6H6E) police are investigating the incident in which the 20-year-old man says a group of men in a car threw eggs and fast food drinks at him, and shouted anti-Semitic slurs at him. The incident...

Margate, NJ – Jewish Basketball Entrepreneur Louis ‘Red’ Klotz Dies

July 14, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Margate, NJ - The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters has died. Louis "Red" Klotz was 93. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1kVKk8R) reports Klotz died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Margate. Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together the...

Washington – White House: GOP Subpoena Of Political Director Threatens President’s Independence

July 14, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Washington - The White House is opposing congressional Republicans' subpoena of a top political adviser to President Barack Obama to testify this week, saying the demand threatens the constitutional separation of powers. White House counsel Neil Eggleston sent a letter Monday to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, asking him to lift to the subpoena to David Simas, director of the...

New York – Two Leaders Of Israeli Fraud Ring Sentenced To 12 Years In Connection With “Lottery” Scheme

July 14, 2014 at 07:10 PM
New York - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Avi Ayache and Yaron Bar, two leaders of an Israeli lottery fraud ring, were sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Loretta A. Preska to 13 years and 12 years in prison, respectively, on mail and wire fraud charges. All 12 members of the ring who were charged in this case...

Israel – Bill Approved To Make Restaurants Kosher And Open On Shabbat

July 14, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Israel - Having seemingly agreed upon a solution to his contentious conversion bill, Hatnua MK Elazar Stern had another controversial bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Monday which will allow restaurants to receive a rabbinate kashrut license and stay open on Shabbat. The current law governing kashrut licensing states that the rabbi giving issuing a rabbinate...

London – UK Foreign Minister William Hague Quits From Post In Surprise Move

July 14, 2014 at 06:04 PM
London - British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday he was stepping down from his post as the country's top diplomat after four years in the job as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's biggest reshuffle since he was elected in 2010. "Tonight I am standing down as Foreign Secretary after 4 years to serve as Leader of the House of Commons," Hague wrote on his official Twitter...

Berkeley, CA – California Politicians Call For Fox News Host Bob Beckel To Resign Over Slur

July 14, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Berkeley, CA - Two California politicians have called for a host of Fox News Channel's "The Five" program to resign, saying Bob Beckel's use of the term "Chinamen" was racist. The pundit is facing criticism for using the word on air last week as well as for suggesting Chinese computer science students come to study in the United States only to pose a security threat. Judy Chu, a Democratic...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Expected To Recommend Acceptance Of Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

July 14, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Jerusalem - The Egyptian government on Monday evening proposed a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, according to which the two sides would end “hostilities” as of 9 a.m.on Tuesday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to convene the security cabinet early Tuesday morning to discuss the proposal. Diplomatic officials said that Netanyahu was expected...

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